December 21, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
When God gave us His Christmas present in the form of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, without question He gave us a greater gift than we could have ever imagined or wanted. Today, we will take a look at the opening of John’s glorious gospel. Unlike the other gospel writers, God was not concerned so much about the
where and the when of Christmas as he was the who and the why of Christmas. John assumed the reality of the manger, but he wanted us to understand the revelation of the manger.
When you compare John to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, you will discover quickly that John was not the broadest writer, but he was definitely the deepest. You read nothing in John's gospel about the birth of Jesus. You do not read about the manger, the angels, the shepherds, nor Bethlehem. John does not talk about the baptism of Jesus; the temptation of Jesus. You read nothing about the garden of Gethsemane. Not one of the thirty-nine parables that Jesus told are found in John’s gospel.
In the chosen five short verses of sixty-five words, John gives us enough truth and enough theology about the person of the Lord Jesus Christ to fill up five books and 65,000 words. Someone has well said about this passage: “Never has so much been said in so few words.”
Open your hearts and minds today as we truly discover the Christ of Christmas! Let God speak to you more now than ever before. I hope and pray this Christmas is the very best of all.
Merry Christmas, Pastor Jayson

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November 28, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
 
One day a few summers back I was “yard-sailing” with my family in Myrtle Beach when I drove by a house that was having a rummage sale. Even though we did not stay long at this one particular yard, I could not help but notice the display closest to the street—what caught my eye was a table filled with old trophies that were now for sale on someone's driveway. I had to wonder why anyone would be interested in purchasing a used trophy. What could they possibly do with it? The trophies for sale probably had the name of the recipient engraved on it, along with a brief description of their meritorious actions. Who would want to put someone else's trophy on their mantle?
Later, I began to wonder why the seller wanted to get rid of their old trophies in the first place. I am sure that at one time those trophies held a lot of value, or at least some emotional attachment. Trophies usually signify some accomplishment—they serve to remind us of some success in our business or personal life. Maybe a bowling trophy loses its luster when one stops bowling. That trophy from a winning high school football season might not seem as important thirty years later when your own children are in college. What we value today might wind up in the trash or on a table at a rummage sale tomorrow.
The truth of the matter is that there is nothing in this life we can carry with us into the next. The trinkets and knick-knacks we treasure here on earth will be of no value in eternity. This being so, it makes one wonder why we spend so much time acquiring earthly possessions, but so little time preparing for the life which is to come.
Suppose you gained all that this world has to offer—what would you really have? A handful of tinsel? Jesus told His disciples: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:24–26).
 
Pastor Jayson,

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November 15, 2018

Pastor’s Corner….

The day before Thanksgiving an elderly man in Phoenix called his son in New York and said to him, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; 45 years of misery is enough. We’re sick of each other, and so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”

Frantic, the son called his sister, who exploded on the phone. “They are not getting divorced,” she shouted. “I’ll take care of this.”

She called Phoenix immediately, and said to her father. “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t you do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?”

The man hung up his phone and turned to his wife. “Okay, honey. The kids are coming for Thanksgiving and paying for their own flights.”

Thanksgiving is a great family time. It’s when most families get together to eat, share, laugh, have a good time, and demonstrate love to one another. I VOTE FOR LOVING ONE ANOTHER!

Some people are fortunate enough to be with their family members on Thanksgiving. If so, thank God. Some don’t get to spend time with their family members on Thanksgiving, still, we must be thankful. IT IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO BE THANKFUL! We are blessed.  

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours,

Pastor Jayson and Family,


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October 25, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
“THE LOVE TEST” “Someone’s in the parking lot, and I think they’re going through cars.”
 
It was a Sunday morning in July 2016 at Faith Baptist Church in Glendale, Arizona. Lupe Menzoza was preparing to teach the teen Sunday School class when he was informed of suspicious behavior in the church parking lot. When he went to check it out, he realized that his phone, which he had left in his car, had been stolen.
Lupe knew who the culprit was: a young castaway boy named Cloude who frequently caused trouble. A conversation with Cloude and his father later that day was unhelpful—the boy denied the theft, and the language barrier kept Lupe from communicating with his father. Lupe walked away, writing it off as a lost cause.
The next morning, he found his phone in a ditch between the church and an apartment complex.
That’s when something clicked. No matter who had stolen his phone, this forgotten child needed to be ministered to. He needed Jesus.
“We need to help these kids,” Lupe, a high school history teacher, remembers thinking. “We need to do something with them. Either we are going to reach them, or the world is going to reach them.”
Every church has what I call their “love tests” which are comprised of a person or persons who may act or be different than you are. That person may do things that simply drive you nuts or sometimes drive you away. Consider those moments as your own love test. Jesus said that we must (not maybe) love one another. Whoever it is, whoever they come from, and however much they may push you to the edge, choose to love! Folks, I believe there are three clear marks in the lives of the closest followers of Christ….Loving, Giving, and Forgiving!
 
So please, take the time to love on your love test today.
 
Pastor Jayson

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October 18, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
One of the earliest heresies in the church was Gnosticism—a system of doctrine which ultimately denied the humanity of Christ. Were it not so serious, one could almost be amused at the distortions which have been preached relative to Jesus Christ. The first century denied His humanity; the twentieth century denies His deity. Thus, man has tried
both ends of heresy. Yet the truly Biblical doctrine is that He was fully and uniquely God as well as being perfectly human. Sometimes we so emphasize the deity of Christ that we neglect the fact that He was a man. The fact that He became a man is important for these two reasons:
(1) His humanity qualified Him to die for us. Jesus is described as our mediator (1 Timothy. 2:5). Paul said, &quote; For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.& quote; A mediator must be able to represent the positions of both of the parties which, though presently alienated, seek reconciliation. As a divine person, Jesus was more than qualified to represent God; as a man, He was qualified to represent humanity.
(2) The humanity of Jesus enabled Him to understand the nature of our problems. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need& quote; (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Although the doctrine of the deity of Christ is important and perhaps has been the object of more of our preaching, the doctrine of the humanity of Christ is also important. For this reason, John said that anyone who denied the humanity of Jesus was the anti-Christ (1 John. 4:2-3). Practically, the fact that Jesus became a man makes it easier for me to approach the throne of grace in my prayers. May the message today spark your prayer life that we all may approach Him more boldly.
Pastor Jayson

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October 11, 2018

Areawide unity can be a special thing when churches make an effort to join hands and hearts to worship and make a difference for the Kingdom!
“Adoration 2018” is coming once again to the ETSU Minidome on Sunday, October 21. Please remember there will NOT be an evening service at Sinking Creek next week during this exciting night of church unity. Our church will participate at the mini dome for “Adoration 2019” with the goal of fellowship with 1,000 other churches for praise and worship and to bring awareness to the drug crises in our area. The public prayer service will be from 1:30pm-4pm and the main event is from 6pm-9pm. Refreshments will be available at the concessions to enjoy as well. Different area guest speakers will be featured thru the evening. Anyone wanting to participate may meet at the mini dome’s main entrance at 5:45pm which will allow us to worship and sit together as a church. This will be a great evening of unity.
I hope to see you there!
Pastor Jayson

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October 5, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
Jennifer and I would like to thank all of you for your ongoing love and support as Jaycie Mae is still in the NICU at Vanderbilt as of today (Wednesday), and we covet your prayers as her three month mark approaches.
The baby’s progress has been steady yet her breathing still requires outside help with over 30% oxygen most of the time. She passed her hearing exam on Monday (Yay!) and awaiting to see the results of her eye exam. She’s also sleeping now in an open crib but still dependence on the oxygen. Her birth weight (as you know) was one pound and ten ounces. Currently she weighs in at a blazing four pounds and twelve ounces!! Safe to say she has no eating deficiencies! She is a fighter and all of us at home can’t wait until she is finally home.
I’ve discovered through this journey that prayer makes a big difference in our lives as Christians. We can go without and we should never be satisfied with substitutes. I pray that today’s message from the Word will guide you in your own prayer life that we all will discover boundless truths in the Lord’s model prayer.
 
Keep the Faith,
Pastor Jayson

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September 27, 2018

During the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command operated 24 hours a day as a shield of protection for our nation. This meant that at any point in a given day, there were fully combat-configured bombers flying to assure the safety of our nation.

Since these planes flew constantly, how did they remain full of gas? They did what is called mid-flight refueling. A refueling plane actually flew up next to the Strategic Air Command plane, docked in, and filled the plane with gas.

As a Christian, you need to learn how to refuel your life in mid-flight. You can’t just hop off to a tropical island every time you get tired and discouraged. You have to keep going. You have to learn how to recharge yourself in the middle of your hectic lifestyle.

The fact is, it takes energy to do God’s will. What do you do when you run out of energy? Psalm 94:19 says, “Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer” (TLB).

I suggest that once a day, you should go outside in your yard, sit down, and just be quiet. I’m not talking about reading your Bible. You ought to read your Bible every day, but I’m talking about getting alone for five minutes a day and being completely silent. Ask God a question, and then just sit there and listen.  You’ll be amazed how recharged you will be!

Pastor Jayson


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September 20, 2018

Pastor’s Corner…..
 

The apostle John tells us that “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Most people understand that when God gives us a “Thou shalt not” He means business. We understand that sin carries with it the penalty of spiritual death—separation from God (Rom. 6:23).

Have you ever thought about what God calls it when you commit some act He has called a sin, but you didn’t know that what you were doing was wrong, and thus sinned your in ignorance? Is it called:

  1. Grace
  2. Psyn
  3. Sin.                                      

The correct answer is #3.  Though some today have the attitude that “If ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise,” God has always held men accountable for their actions. In the Old Testament, God said, “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally by doing something against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and is guilty, or if his sin which he has sinned comes to his knowledge, then he shall bring as his offering a kid of the goats, a female without blemish for his sin which he has sinned” (Lev. 4:27-28). Even though one might have sinned unintentionally, the Lord still considered their action to be sinful, and thus held them accountable for their actions.

The apostle Paul tells us that the Old Testament was written “for our learning” (Rom. 15:4). While we are not under the Mosaic law today, we can learn many valuable lessons from it. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Paul himself had been responsible for the death of Christians, even though he “did it ignorantly in unbelief” (1 Tim. 1:13), and maintained a clean conscience the entire time (Acts 23:1).

We need to remind people today that sin is a serious matter—whether we sin intentionally or unintentionally. “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 9).

Pastor Jayson 


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Sept 13, 2018

Just sitting at my desk this morning, waiting for the remnants of hurricane Florence to bring us rain in several days. It’s like watching a tea pot on the stove and waiting for it to blow off steam. The sky is still much too bright for any serious participation. But, I am assured by the Weather Channel that rain is on its way.
Waiting has never been the strongest suit of mine, though I’ve made an effort over the years to be better at waiting. You know, I have never known anyone who enjoyed waiting–at least waiting in line at the grocery store or at a fast-food drive thru. However, changing perspective about the wait can make a lot of difference. What if I try to be pleasant, think about others, engage in conversation, and think happy thoughts while I wait? I think I will give it a try and see how things work out. The NICU seems to be a good test that God can use as well…trust me it’s true!
God’s people must learn how to wait for the fulfillment of His promises. James draws a practical example from everyday life, saying, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains” (Jas. 5:7). The farmer has learned to wait–to trust that rain is coming and his crop will produce its fruit. In the same way, James exhorts us to be patient and strengthen our hearts in knowing that the coming of the Lord is certain (vs. 8).
The inspired writer of the book of Hebrews says that while “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment”, He “will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him” (Heb. 9:27-28). All who truly trust in God wait for the fulfillment of His promises. “Eagerly awaiting” is an expression of our love and trust in the Lord.
Our hearts are strengthened by these words of the prophet: “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isa. 40:31). With the assurance of such promises, we can both endure the wait and find strength while we wait.
Happy Homecoming,
Pastor Jayson

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